Commission president to tackle growing racial tension 

Police Commission President Joe Marshall hopes a Sunday discussion on hip-hop station KMEL with leaders such as Oakland police Chief Anthony Batts will help calm some of the racial tensions that have boiled to the surface after a number of high-profile crimes in San Francisco and Oakland.

“We hope that’s the beginning of a dialogue,” Marshall said Wednesday at a Police Commission hearing.

Commission member Vincent Pan, executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, will also participate in the discussion. He said recent crimes have opened wounds that have been around for years.

“As much as we want to celebrate the great diversity of San Francisco, we have to admit that we have problems,” Pan said Wednesday. “There is a lot of sincere anger and hostility.”

The show will be broadcast live Sunday at 8 p.m. on KMEL 106.1. It will also be streamed live and archived here.

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